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First African American Woman to work and live in the Space Station

posted on March 16 2017

Jeanette Epps (that's Dr Epps to you!) is the first African American Woman to live in Space!

She has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, is an inventor, has worked in the CIA as an Intelligence Officer and now she's an astronaut on her way to space. Go girl. 

Expedition 56 will take place in May 2018 when Dr Epps will board the International Space Station as a flight engineer and crew member. She’s the 13th woman to make this accomplishment. NASA has sent 14 black astronauts into space and three of these were women over the decades, but none have ever stayed aboard the ISS as a crew member. 

Dr Jeanette Epps in her space suit at NASA, female engineer extraordinaire!

This inspiring, passionate and committed woman has some advice:

“Anything you don’t know is going to be hard at first. But, if you stay the course, put the time and effort in, it will become seamless eventually.”

Check out how to foster a love in children about space and the universe. Keep that wonder alive with our Celestial Space Edit

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  • Alicia Peyrano: January 08, 2018

    Thanks for adding facts to our blog post. Mae Carol Jemison was the first African American to fly to space, there’s been four in total. Jeannette Epps is the first to ever live in Space. Studies suggest living in space could reverse the age process, how cool is that?!

  • Hi: January 05, 2018

    Mae Carol Jemison is an American engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.

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